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Court opinions issued Mar. 30, 2017

Court Opinions (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Mar. 30, 2017

Smith v. CIA (D.D.C.) -- rejecting agency's use of Glomar response in connection with request for line-item budget information reflecting support of Israel, because President Obama acknowledged  existence of records in 2015 public statement. 

Patino-Restrepo v. DOJ (D.D.C.) -- finding that: (1) Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys conducted adequate search for records concerning plaintiff's prosecution and properly withheld information pursuant to Exemptions 5, 6, and 7(C); (2) Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted adequate search and properly withheld records pursuant to Exemption 6, 7(C), and 7(E); (3) Federal Bureau of Prisons conducted adequate search for records concerning plaintiff's incarceration and properly withheld information pursuant to Exemptions 6, 7(C), and 7(F); (4) Department of State conducted adequate search and properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 1, 5, 6, 7(A), 7(C), 7(E), and 7(F); and (5) DOJ Criminal Division properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 5, 6, 7(C), and 7(D); (6) Drug Enforcement agency properly withheld records pursuant to Exemptions 7(A), 7(C), 7(D), 7(E), and 7(F); and (7) FBI properly withheld records pursuant to Exemption 7(A).  

Harrison v. Exec. Office for U.S. Attorneys (S.D. Cal.) -- deciding that FOIA officer's telephone conversation with U.S. Attorney's office about existence of responsive records was insufficient to establish adequacy of search.

Summaries of all opinions issued since April 2015 available here.